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William E. Smith

District Judge
Date Served: 
(2002 - present)

Born 1959 in Boise, ID

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
Nominated by George W. Bush on July 18, 2002, to a seat vacated by Ronald R. Lagueux. Confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2002, and received commission on November 15, 2002. Served as chief judge, 2013-2019. 

Georgetown University, B.A., 1982
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1987

Professional Career:
Private practice, Providence, Rhode Island, 1987-2000, 2001-2002
Judge (part-time), West Warwick [Rhode Island] Municipal Court, 1993-1998
Staff director, Rhode Island office, United States Sen. Lincoln Chafee, 2000-2001
Adjunct faculty, Providence College, 2000-2002

Nominated to United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, December 6, 2007; no Senate vote